USUAL OBJECTS

March 13 - April 24, 2021


The still life genre is a part of artistic expression dating back to the early seventeenth century. As a tool for representation, this genre continues to allow its maker to immortalize the reality of its subject intimately and immediately. It remains a way for artists to simultaneously examine how a chosen medium can conceptually alter the reality of the subject while becoming a grounding exercise in stability. The inanimate object in artistic form carries messages of potential, transformation, signification and objectivity. Usual Objects examines the contemporary still life in the current context of the coronavirus pandemic against this historic backdrop.

The majority of the work on view in the exhibition was made during the current pandemic, a time when many people are spending much of their time at home surrounded by their possessions. Objects that are personal, functional, ephemeral or antique. This time spent with the things that continually surround us, as either a monotonous presence or with newly gained significance created by their omnipresence, leads to a new examination of these daily interactions with objects. The objects rendered by the artists in the exhibition Usual Objects represent this intimacy but take on extra meaning in the decoding of systems within and beyond a pandemic. Here, the inanimate object – regardless of medium – is rendered symbolically as the familiar, commonplace, ordinary and usual but with an added dose of real world reality.

The Usual Objects you will find here are Chris Bradley’s (Chicago) hyperrealistic sculptures in reimagined constrictions and site-specific panic room; Nicole Dyer’s (Baltimore) Papier-mâchés of flower arrangements and tightly rendered watercolors of life’s everyday things; Brendan Getz’s (Los Angeles) paintings of the ordinary objects delivered in extraordinary complexity: Madeleine Leplae’s (Chicago) hallucinatory paintings of trees as one might see from a window; Matt Lipps’ (Los Angeles) staged and sculptural photographic-like images of the material object as theater; Amanda Ross-Ho’s (Los Angeles) examination of the psychophysical state of the artists’ studio and Liliana Porter’s (New York) rescaled characters attempting Sisyphean tasks related to objects shapes as we cheer them on.

 

Image: Amanda Ross-Ho, Untitled Opening (NOIR AND BLANCO), 2014. Thirty five 1:12 scale glass wine glasses, pigmented resin. Dimensions variable. (Installation view, Carrie Secrist Gallery, Chicago, IL)

Artwork

Chris Bradley
Always Night

2015
Steel, stainless steel, cast bronze, wood, polystyrene, 3D printed PLA, acrylic paint, magnets, and adhesive
8.5 x 27.5 x 1.25 inches

Chris Bradley
My Bird

2017/2021
Wood, steel, stainless steel, 3D printed PLA, clear acrylic sheet, LEDs, aluminum channel, paint, pen on paper, clear tape
18 x 10 x 18 inches

Chris Bradley
Attic

2021
Wood, stainless steel, steel, aluminum tube, 3D printed PLA, black cord, LED, acetate, paint
15 x 14.5 x 14 inches

Chris Bradley
Cellar

2021
Wood, steel, 3D printed PLA, epoxy putty, paint, LED, modeling turf, twine
12 x 15 x 10 inches

Chris Bradley
Rupture (Green Corridor with AED)

2021
Wood, steel, 3D printed PLA, acetate plastic, LEDs, aluminum channel, cork sheet, cut paper, paint, gypsum powder
10 x 15.5 x 10 inches

Chris Bradley
Breeze

2021
Wood, steel, stainless steel, 3D printed PLA, PET plastic, LEDs, muffin fans, fabric
19 x 19 x 19 inches

Nicole Dyer
Great Lakes Collagen

2019
Acrylic, paint marker, ink,Papier-mâché, cardboard, insulation foam, dowel
29 x 11 x 8 inches


Nicole Dyer
Fish

2019
Acrylic, watercolor, candy wrappers, pen, glitter, stickers, collage, and handmade polymer clay candies on handmade paper
12 x 12 inches
13.3 x 13.5 inches, framed

Nicole Dyer
Crema

2019
Acrylic, watercolor, candy wrappers, pen, glitter, stickers, collage, and handmade polymer clay candies on handmade paper
12 x 12 inches
13.3 x 13.5 inches, framed

Nicole Dyer
de la Rosa

2019
Acrylic, watercolor, candy wrappers, pen, glitter, stickers, collage, and handmade polymer clay candies on handmade paper
12 x 12 inches
13.3 x 13.5 inches, framed

On Reserve

Nicole Dyer
Kokos

2019
Acrylic, watercolor, candy wrappers, pen, glitter, stickers, collage, and handmade polymer clay candies on handmade paper
12 x 12 inches
13.3 x 13.5 inches, framed

Nicole Dyer
Mayonnaise

2019
Acrylic, watercolor, candy wrappers, pen, glitter, stickers, collage, and handmade polymer clay candies on handmade paper
12 x 12 inches
13.3 x 13.5 inches, framed

Brendan Getz
Painted building bolt and a barycentric view

2021
Oil on stretched canvas
14 x 11 inches, each

Brendan Getz
remaining indent and a previous present, object mold (pillow painting)

2021
Oil on canvas
20 x 16 inches

Brendan Getz
lee shore (bookends)

2021
Oil on wood
20 x 16 inches

Brendan Getz
penny painting and the counter plane, double glint in the window light

2021
Oil on clayboard
7 x 5 inches

Brendan Getz
Container

2020
Oil on stretched canvas
20 x 16 inches


Brendan Getz
reflected fleck/gleam plane (toaster painting)

2020
Oil on wood
20 x 16 inches


Brendan Getz
both/and

2020
Oil on wood
14 x 11 inches


Brendan Getz
ice tray painting

2020
Oil on wood
20 x 16 inches

Brendan Getz
plate

2020
Oil on wood
20 x 16 inches

Brendan Getz
plastic cup painting

2020
Oil on wood
14 x 11 inches

Brendan Getz
glass

2020
Oil on wood
14 x 11 inches

Madeleine Leplae
Dewey Tree

2020
Oil on canvas
48 x 24 inches

Madeleine Leplae
Sappy Tree

2020
Oil on canvas
48 x 24 inches

Matt Lipps
Offering I

2016
Archival Pigment Print
50 x 40 inches
51 x 41 inches framed
Edition of 5 (#2/5)

Matt Lipps
Offering III

2016
Archival Pigment Print
50 x 40 inches
51 x 41 inches framed
Edition of 5 (#2/5)

Matt Lipps
Turning

2016
Archival Pigment Print
50 x 40 inches
51 x 41 inches framed
Edition of 5 (#1/5)

Amanda Ross-Ho
Untitled Opening (NOIR AND BLANCO)

2015
Thirty-five 1:12 scale glass wine glasses, pigmented resin
Dimensions variable
Editions 2/3 and 3/3 available

Amanda Ross-Ho
Untitled Seizure (ENCORE/STRIPS AND PENCILS)

2021
Dye sublimation print on fabric (THIS IS A DEVELOPING STORY), novelty pencils (MY PEN IS HUGE), moving blanket
77 x 65 x 3 inches

Amanda Ross-Ho
Untitled Seizure (ENCORE/DARK MATTER)

2021
Unfinished Black Glove (small), empty thread spool (UNTIRLED PERIOD PIECE), Extra Thong (ONCE YOU GO BLACK), facemasks, Giant Scrunchie (MY PEN IS HUGE), Cut and bundled pant legs (Untitled Production Line (Modern Times), black mouse, BLACK GLOVE FINGERTIP, Mouse (Yin), BINARY (Rubber Band), BINARY (Bobby Pin (3)), 10, Untitled Metrics (TENS), cut and bundled pants parts (Untitled Production Line (Modern Times),Nike Air Force Ones (UNTITLED PERIOD PIECE), Bundled and pinned canvas (Untitled Production Line (Modern Times), Black Earring (Untitled Peripheral Swatch (FOOTPRINTS AND FREE RADICALS)), pinned canvas (Untitled Production Line (Modern Times), Dead Brushes (Periphery Composition with Basket of Dead Brushes), satin scrunchie, Delta eyemask, canvas spaghetti (Untitled Production Line (Modern Times), vintage clock numbers, pinned canvas pucks (Untitled Production Line (Modern Times), Buttons Large (Untitled Production Line (Modern Times), Black Nitrile Glove, Rolled canvas (Untitled Production Line (Modern Times), Black 3D Printed Plastic silverfish (Untitled Production Line (Modern Times), Clock hands (Untitled Production Line (Modern Times), Buttons Small (Untitled Production Line (Modern Times).
77 x 67 x 5 inches

Amanda Ross-Ho
Untitled Seizure (ENCORE/ALL CAST #3)

2021
World’s Largest Coffee Cup (MY PEN IS HUGE), WARM WINE (PINOT NOIR) (WHO BURIES WHO), wicker basket (French Curve #2 With Peripheral Simulation), Glass jugs filled with Epsom Salts (Untitled Procession (WATCH LIST)), Vacuum metalized acrylic (DOUBLE DOUBLE TRAGEDY), straw hat small (WHO BURIES WHO), 3D printed stainless steel silverfish (UNTITLED PERIOD PIECE), Hand-dyed wool (TIME WAITS FOR NO ONE), Nike Air Force Ones (UNTITLED PERIOD PIECE), X-acto blade (WHO BURIES WHO), White 3D printed plastic silverfish (UNTITLKED PERIOD PIECE), wooden clothespins (Drying Rack with Developer and Fixer (ropes), X-acto blade (WHO BURIES WHO), prototype muslin glove with clock hands (UNTITLED PERIOD PIECE), Giant rubber bands (MY PEN IS HUGE), homemade pin cushion, straw hat extra small (WHO BURIES WHO), large paintbrush (MY PEN IS HUGE), frosted triangle (HOW TO REMOVE DARK SPOTS), Dressmakers chalk (UNTITLED PERIOD PIECE), wine dyed preparator’s gloves (Many Hands (PAISANO)), Mouse (YANG), silver waffle (HURTS WORST), pencil sharpener (MY PEN IS HUGE), wine glass (UNTITLED PERIOD PIECE), Foam baguette (HOW TO REMOVE DARK SPOITS), sea sponge (MY PEN IS HUGE), Baby Air Force Ones (UNTITLED PERIOD PIECE), Fake ice (WHO BURIES WHO), Vintage Goldtone Chain (Drying Rack with Developer and Fixer (ropes), plating tests on aluminum (Untitled Hands) Vintage Goldtone brooches (French Curve #2 With Peripheral Simulation), found glove (UNTITLED PERIOD PIECE), armature wire, foam Rye Bread (HOW TO REMOVE DARK SPOTS), paintbrush (MY PEN IS HUGE), plastic comb (MY PEN IS HUGE), novelty paper clips, (MY PEN IS HUGE), X-acto blade (WHO BURIES WHO), white plastic buttons (UNTITLED PERIOD PIECE), assorted used novelty pencils (MY PEN IS HUGE), rubberized grippy mat with canvas belt loop and straight pin (UNTITLED PERIOD PIECE), novelty coins (MY PEN IS HUGE), moving blanket.
77 x 67 x 12 inches

Amanda Ross-Ho
Untitled Timepiece (FUGUE STATE)

2019-2021
Gesso, silkscreen, acrylic, ink, ball point pen, graphite, coffee, wine, tea, paper, laser prints, post-it notes, burlap, felt, canvas, velvet, specialty fabric, plastic bottlecap, tongue depressors, pencil shavings, stickers on canvas covered panel
52 x 52 x 1.5 inches

Amanda Ross-Ho
Untitled Timepiece (ORAL ARGUMENTS/OVERLAPPING JURISTICTIONS)

2019-2021
Gesso, silkscreen, acrylic, ink, ball point pen, graphite, oil pastel, coffee, tea, paper, artist’s tape, painter’s tape, laser prints, stretch sequin fabric on canvas covered panel
52 x 52 x 1.5 inches

Amanda Ross-Ho
Untitled Timepiece (PERMANENT DAMAGE/WIDELY HELD ASSUMPTIONS)

2019-2021
Gesso, silkscreen, acrylic, ink, ball point pen, graphite, charcoal, oil pastel, watercolor, coffee, tea, wine, paper, laser prints tongue depressors, post-it notes, felt, on canvas covered panel
52 x 52 x 1.5 inches

Liliana Porter
Untitled with Ironing Board

2018
Acrylic and assemblage on canvas
36 × 125 × 3.5 in

Liliana Porter
The Artist

2018
Acrylic paint, geometric shapes and figurine on black shelf
4.5 × 21.5 × 3.75 inches


Liliana Porter
To Draw It

2018
Acrylic paint, geometric shapes and figurine on black shelf
5 × 21.5 × 3.75 inches

Liliana Porter/Ana Tiscornia
The Riddle/ Charada

2019
Digital Video
8:45 minutes
Conceived & directed by Liliana Porter, Co-Director Ana Tiscornia, Music: Sylvia Meyer, Videography and Editing: Liliana Porter, Ana Tiscornia, Sylvia Meyer and Federico Lo Bianco

Installation Views

Video

Video

USUAL OBJECTS: A panel discussion